|Occurred : 2/1/2003 20:50 (Entered as : 02/01/03 20:50)
Reported: 2/1/2003 10:42:19 PM 22:42
Location: Santa Maria, CA
|the bright white star like object speed in an arch from east to west into the horizon in the black of night.
I was driving on US 101 headed north when all of the sudden a bright star looking object fell towards the horizon. It only lasted a few seconds, but I know it wasn't a falling star. From where I was no stars were visible, the view from the drivers seat doesn't allow you to see overhead, without leaning forward as far as possible, and I was sitting back in my seat. When I got home I immeditly looked in to the sky to check what the stars were like, it's a clear night and several stars a visible, but none including the north star were nearly as bright white as this. The object I saw in the sky fell in an arch from east to west, I couldn't tell you what kind of a degree the was arch was. The sky was black ahead of me, there were other cars around, in front, behind and going in the oppisite direction. There were also a few street lamps, I had just past an on ramp and feet away from an off ramp and on the south bound side of the highway there was an on ramp near by. There was considerable light around other than the few street lights, both sides of the highway have near by gas stations, the north bound side also has a small well lite hotel, and Burger King. The object didn't have a trail of anything behind it.
I've witnessed shooting stars and meteriors before and this was nothing like it. it moved faster than a shooting star. I don't know what else to say about it, except that I've never seen anything quite like it before.